Intellectual Freedom: Issues and Resources

Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

Includes peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, the latest book banning incidents, court rulings, and legal controversies.

Intellectual Freedom News

Every Friday, explore privacy, censorship, access, and First Amendment news articles from all over the country - right in your inbox. 

Intellectual Freedom Manual

Explore core documents, guidelines, publications, toolkits, and Q&As about intellectual freedom and privacy in libraries.

First Amendment and Censorship

An issues page that includes policies and resources with links to book banning, challenges to library resources, and notable court cases.

Access to Library Resources and Services

A compilation of resources about equity, digital divide, economic barriers, net neutrality, and Prisoners' Right to Read.

Filters and Filtering

An issues page that includes information about CIPA, E-rate, digital rights, filtering software, and online safety.

Academic Freedom

An issues page that includes the.Academic Bill of Rights and statements from the American Association of University Professors.

Meeting Rooms, Exhibit Spaces, and Programs

An issues page with policy statements and resources about art censorship, exhibit and display policies, and religion in libraries.

Schools and Minors' Rights

A compilation of interpretations and resources about access to information for youth and guidelines for school librarians.

A commitment to intellectual freedom transforms your library.

ALA actively advocates and educates in defense of intellectual freedom—the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Intellectual freedom is a core value of the library profession, and a basic right in our democratic society. A publicly supported library provides free, equitable, and confidential access to information for all people of its community.


Assistance and Consultation

The staff of the Office for Intellectual Freedom is available to answer questions or provide assistance to librarians, trustees, educators and the public about intellectual freedom issues and resources. Areas of assistance include policy development, First Amendment issues, and professional ethics. Inquiries can be directed via email to or via phone at (312) 280-4226.


Updated 2017

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